PELLA - The Marshalltown girls' cross country team went shorthanded to the Central Dutch Invitational on Saturday and came away with seventh place out of 13 teams despite the absence of its top runner.
Sophomore Rachel Blagg had her appendix removed nine days ago, leaving the Bobcats without her services with four ranked teams running alongside them at the Central College course.
Juniors Michaela Huey and Wynn Tan paced MHS on this day, finishing in 28th and 30th respectively. Huey clocked in at 17 minutes, 27 seconds, and Tan finished in 17:30.
Another junior, Victoria Jones, came in 45th in 18 minutes to bridge the gap. Senior Emma Runquist placed 60th (18:40) and freshman Ellyn Boland was 61st (18:42) to round out the scoring effort for the Bobcats.
Also running for MHS were juniors Lily Larsen (75th, 19:17) and Abby Snyder (76th, 19:23).
Class 4A's top-ranked Dowling Catholic girls came away with a comfortable victory in the team standings, scoring 21 points after placing six runners inside the top eight. No. 11 Waukee was second with 56, No. 5 Cedar Falls was third (69), followed by Southeast Polk (144), 3A No. 1 Pella (167), Nevada (214) and Marshalltown (215).
Next up for Marshalltown is Thursday's Bobcat Invitational at the Marshalltown Community College course.